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The Latest Russia Non-Bombshell

Meanwhile, the New York Times has another “bomb-shell” report about Russia, this time a meeting between a shady Russian operative and Donald Trump, Jr. and some others from the campaign.

Two quick points.

One, this jumped out at me given that we are about a year into this thing:

While President Trump has been dogged by revelations of undisclosed meetings between his associates and Russians, this episode at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle during the campaign. It is also the first time that his son Donald Trump Jr. is known to have been involved in such a meeting.

The first!

Second, if you are the Kremlin and you have cooked up this sensitive intelligence operation that need only involve your hackers and Wikileaks — both of whom are presumably completely reliable — are you really going to risk mucking it up by having some hack lawyer go and try to collude about it with whomever can be rounded up in the Trump campaign? (And at a time when everyone assumed the Trump campaign was a sure loser?)

I’m perfectly open to changing my mind if the facts change, but at this point the collusion story has everything — intrigue, breaking news, “smoke,” even a special counsel — except plausibility.